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Poster: The_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Nov 21, 2013 6:59pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: My review of 1957 Australian game show "Give it a Go"

(I submitted this review a few minutes ago to IMDb. I post it here in case anyone is interested)

This was a game show which was produced by ATN-7 in Sydney, and which also aired on GTV-9 in Melbourne. ATN-7, of course, was an important contributor to early Australian television, with such notable 1950s era series as "Sydney Tonight", "Hour of Music", "Autumn Affair", "Your Home" and "Astor Showcase".

It was hosted by Jack Davey, who was not as popular on TV as he had been on radio. It appears to have been a case of the voice not matching the face. Nevertheless, he makes a rather upbeat game show host.

I recently viewed an episode of this series via an NFSA access copy. The episode begins with a game, in which Davey picks two people in the audience. He then holds a banknote above them, and asks a simple question. The first person who grabs the note and answers the question correctly gets to keep the banknote.

The rest of the episode is a more standard quiz type format. Questions are asked, each worth more than the previous question. The contestants consist of pairs of people, either of which can answer the question.

Several pairs of people play the game. The final segment consists of one of these people going through an unusual quiz. For each correct answer the contestant gives, they are given 10 boxes of Persil, a laundry detergent (or was it a laundry soap at the time?). If they manage to get 100 boxes of Persil, they receive a washing machine (complete with wringer!). Davey, realising the contestant in the particular episode was doing very well, gives several "gag questions" such as "what is my telephone number". I won't reveal whether the contestant wins the washing machine or not.

The episode I viewed is missing the commercials, and runs about 26 minutes. It's an enjoyable game show. The quality of the kinescope recording is quite acceptable. I would hope that this series gets a DVD release some day.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2013-11-22 02:59:22